In her latest blog for the official Chelsea website, season ticket holder Hannah Kurzawski reflects on what could prove to be a vital point against Wolves on Sunday.
Over the last few league games, the race for top four seems to really have opened up.
Going in to the game with Wolves on Sunday, the Blues were on the back of two consecutive league wins, whilst Arsenal and Spurs had both recently dropped points, and the Gunners were facing Manchester United later that afternoon. Suddenly, the fight for a Champions League place next season was wide open again.
On a windy afternoon in SW9, on our 114th birthday, the Blues had the opportunity to defeat Wolves at Stamford Bridge, although Nuno Espirito Santo’s men had already proven to be stiff opposition earlier this season.
As expected, Wolves defended well, and despite numerous attempts from Gonzalo Higuain and Pedro to put the Blues on the scoresheet, it just didn’t seem like it was going to be our day. That was until Eden Hazard’s dramatic injury time strike into the bottom corner, which filled Stamford Bridge with a sense of celebration and relief.
A hard-fought rescued point for the Blues – not the perfect happy birthday Chelsea fans had hoped for before kick-off, but a point that could prove key come the end of the season.
Hazard’s equaliser was in fact his 50th Premier League goal at Stamford Bridge, and he joins the likes of Didier Drogba and Frank Lampard who can also boast such a tally. It was the Belgian’s 13th league goal of the season so far, which already takes him past his total from last year. Four more goals from Hazard in the remaining nine league games would see him set a personal best season tally.
So now we are left with nine opportunities to earn a top four place - five away games to Everton, Cardiff, Liverpool, Man Utd and Leicester, and four home games against West Ham, Burnley, Watford and Brighton. With a game in hand over those just above us in the table, and just four points between us and third spot, there is still everything to play for. Come on, Chelsea!